The Civil Guard has dismantled an organization dedicated to the sexual exploitation of some thirty women captured in South America, after a series of operations in which 10 people allegedly involved were arrested.
According to what informed this week by the Benemérita, on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, raids carried out in homes in La Coruña (Galicia), Denia (Valencian Community), Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha) and Álava (Basque Country), allowed to rescue five victims of Venezuelan and Dominican nationality.
Within the framework of the ‘Chacao’ operation, five men and five women were apprehended (four of Dominican nationality, three from Venezuela, two from Spain and one Colombian), who were part of the criminal organization.
❌ Sexual exploitation❌ Forced labor❌ Criminal activities❌ Organ harvesting❌ Human trafficking An organization that sexually exploited victims captured in South America was dismantled. Together we will stop this scourge.#DiaMundialContraLaTrataDePersonaspic.twitter.com/RkSb4TRnyz
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As detailed by the Civil Guard, these people carried out specific tasks of recruitment, transfer and control of victims. The detainees will be charged with the crimes of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation, money laundering, belonging to a criminal organization and crime against public health.
The victims were subjected to pay high debts their captors, who threatened to harm their relatives in the countries of origin if they did not comply with their demands.
Also, all of them were forced to use narcotics, achieving the organization not only to increase the supposed debt, but also to create a greater dependence on traffickers.
The investigation began in 2019 thanks to the complaint of a Venezuelan citizen who managed to overcome her fear of testifying in court, given that she was threatened by the criminal group.